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Choreographic devices and structures in BTEC Dance

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Grace Norris

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Choreographic devices and structures in BTEC Dance
One Vision
Choreographic Devices
Find me somebody to love
Choreographic devices
We will Rock you
Choreographic devices
During One Vision we used a lot of different choreographic devices such as...
The Still Life at the Penguin Cafe.
Dynamic Variation
One vision
Interpretation of lyrics
Find me Somebody to Love
We Will Rock You
Unison is movement that is done in a pair or group routine and are done together in time
'Television' lyric is direct to the action that we choreographed by standing still with head tilted to the same side as all of the dancers and then with the fingers pointed they outline a television screen on the lyric 'television' bringing them all back to be controlled.
Bringing across the robotic motions of the Gaga kids so that the audience know they are meant to be in sink because they are all the same
Having different dynamic movement through out the dance
Arm and hang gestures that are sharp but end slowly and flowing show good variation and technique
The movement was a complex arm movement that felt very robotic and would look really good in time with everyone else.
Reaching to the ceiling arm gestures on the lyric 'I had a dream' showing again that they are all in unison but as if they had a dream too.
Body shapes that are different to the center line of the body
The movement that we had chosen are direct interpretation for One Vision.
I chose this structure because One Vision is one of the main songs during the performance that is quite long and has motif development. We chose simple and effective movement that was humorous to the audience and had a lot of energy needed.
The movement that we have chosen for the dance is very similar to the lyrics during the dance. For example the lyric 'No heart' has the movement of your right arm over the left one making a cross position over the chest. This is simple and effective that creates emphasis to the movements.
My critical point is that I think we could have gone over it more times so that some dancers could all be in time and remember the whole routine as it is a long song. I also think that we could have added more movement that the chorus could have joined in to because they where only doing the Radio Gaga part of the song.
Another critical point is that the handsprings during the performance where not rehearsed and could have gone wrong causing injury; if the two girls where not in unison it would have looked very messy and as the attention was on them then this could have gone wrong. The handspring was also contrasted to the robotic movements present throughout the dance.
A structure of a dance is having a path through your dance. For example Binary, Rondo and Theme
I have decided that One visions Structure for the dance is Direct interpretation.
During find me somebody to love we used a lot of different choreographic devices such as...
Using actions that match the lyrics
Humorous for the audience
Over reacted choreography
Robotic Teen Queens that are all in unison
For example 'Down, knees, praise the Lord' I choreographed actions that were cheesy and funny
'Down, knees, praise the Lord' suggests that the Teen Queens are praying for her to become like them and asking for forgiveness.
Repetition is when repeating a certain movement or sequence of different moves
Cheesy movement such as repeating 'Lord' when we put our hands together and bend our knees
This suggests that the girls are christian and are asking for forgiveness for Scaramouche
This is humorous choreography we also repeat a lot of things during the dance
This gives the affect that they are all controlled
Direct interpretation
When someone does not move giving a more dramatic effect
I used this right at the beginning of the dance by having the left arm out to the side as if we are ignoring her
This gives the dramatic effect that Scaramouche can have her moment of starting to sing while we stand there and wait for her to stop because we are mean Teen Queens
A structure of a dance is having a path through your dance. For example Binary, Rondo and Theme
I have decided for 'Find me Somebody to Love' is Direct interpretation of accompaniment...
Direct interpretation of Accompaniment
I chose Direct interpretation of Accompaniment structure because I think that it fits the choreography as I use movement that is direct to the lyrics almost the whole way through the dance so it shows that all of the Teen Queens are robots. This gives a cheesy and humorous effect to the audience because it's unusual because these girls are being controlled. This gives the effect that they are robots because they just copy each other because they can't do there own thing.
I think that I could have spent a lot more time teaching the girls more movement into the dance to make the dance better and to also rehearse it a lot more.
During We will Rock You we used a lot of different choreographic devices such as Sequence, Repetition and Climax...
A Climax is the highest point during the dance where there is full energy and big movements to show that this is the Climax.
We Will Rock You is one of the final routines in the second half and is by far the one where full energy is needed to motivate the audience to get them really involved.
We used the our climax partly through the end of the song where there are 4 dancers that do a small count of 16 with pirouettes, leaps and guitar movements that shows the skills of the dancers which leads to them joining with the chorus punching to the air.
Repetition is when repeating a certain movement or sequence of different moves
During We Will Rock You we used simple but effective and 'rocky' movement that encouraged the audience to join in.
We used repetition twice in the dance by repeating the chorus every time and when the climax of the dancers doing there short count of 16 we use two stomping and one fist which also makes the melody of the dance.
A sequence is repeating the same movement on the 16Th bar.
In We Will Rock You we use this for the chorus of the song, always using the two stomps and the clap to create the instrumentation for the song.
This gives a simple effect so that it is easy to copy for the audience to be involved.
This gives the effect of the story that everyone is free from Killer Queen and really lets go of what they where and are free.
A structure of a dance is having a path through your dance. For example Binary, Rondo and Theme
For We will Rock You I have chosen the structure Rondo...
We chose simple movement that really reflected on the success of the song and of the bohemiams. We got some of our ideas from the original West End musical, we did this so that we could keep it the same and a recognizable highlight of the dance.
We chose simple movements which compliment the success of them all but also brings across aggressive movement and ruff gestures because they are bohemiams now.
I think that I could have gone over the dance more often because there where different counts for different things that sometimes weren't in time and made the dance look unprofessional at times because people forgot the counts.
This is a famous dance that was choreographed by David Bintley
I have looked at 3 sections of this dance to analyze
Southern Kape Zebra
Texan Kangaroo Rat
Hog nosed Skunk Flea
Choreographic devices
Choreographic structures
Choreographic devices
Motif Development
Direct interpretation/ correlation
Structure: Cyclical
Structure: Narrative
Unison is used during the Hog nosed Skunk flea dance by the English Morris dancers and the flea dancing together. This shows that the flea is attatched to the Morris dancers like typical fleas are to animals. Unison is also used throughout the dance showing neatness and the traditional Morris dancers way of being in unison throughout the dance.
Contrast is used to show the difference between the flea and the Morris dancers. it show's that the fleas is out smarting the Morris dancers during the dance by jumping over them and making them fall over and ruining there performance. This is humerous to the audience and shows that character of the flea coming through.
Repetition is used during the dance by the Morris dancers smacking their sticks together which represent scratching of the animal that the flea is on. This is because the backdrop behind the flea is a zoomed in image of a mamal that looks like a dog; this sets the scene giving the audience a visual idea of where and what the flea is doing. The banging of the sticks frightens the flea because he may have to bounce of the mamal or be pulled out.
Structure: Narrative/ Cyclical
The narrative of this ance is that the flea is out smarting the Morris dancers which shows humour and characteristics of the flea. It also shows a cyclical structure because of the repetition of movement during the dance for example the slapping of the sticks.
I chose this structure because they are both within the dance and could not choose between them; they where both effective because they both had humour added to them to make the narrative better through out the dance. I think that during this dance they could have had a bigger part of when the flea went and had a individual moment to show the skills of the flea. I also think that the banging of the sticks could have gone very wrong and caused injury, this would have needed great concerntration and rehearsing for it also to be in time with eachother.
The Texan Kangaroo Rat used motif development during the dance, for example at the beginning and end of dance he is lying on the floor circling his ankles; this represents that the rat is waking up for a new day. The same ankle movement is used throughout the dance by changing to different ankle movement by hopping. The rat then returns to his position which is lying on the floor to show that his day has ended.
During the Texan Kangaroo rat scene, the animal used a lot of tracelling to the characteristics of the traditional Texan dances which involves a lot of bouncing, hopping and large movement that really reflects on the the rats nature of being jumpy.
The rat uses a lot of travelling by getting around the room by floor movement, bouncing and hopping; which also shows excitement of the rat.
The movements that have been choreographed for this dance are in direct correlation with the music; for example at the beginning and the end of the dance the music is slow which matches the movement of the rat becuse he is waking up for a new day which is show by slower movement. This is also show at the end of the dance when the rat's day has finished and has gone back to sleep, repeating slower movements with the music.
The structure for the Texan Kangaroo rat is cyclical because the dance starts and ends in the same position, which is lying on the floor in a curled up ball; this shows a safe position for the rat. This shows a path and how the rats days are all the same. I think that the dance could have shown a lot more skills of the rat like some acrobatic movement to show the excitement of his day.
During the dance the Southern Kape Zebra has a big climax when the zebra is shot; supposedly the zebra was shot by pochers who are after the skin of the animal to use for fashion which is why there are models through out the dance in the background. The climax is shown by having fast movement such as twisting, floor movement and the use of his tassels on his hands that represent the hooves of the zebra; these movements show pain of the zebra. The dance ends with the penguin beside him showing the audience almost like 'this is what happens' and showing the reality of the death of animals that are under the threat of extinction.
Accumilation is used during the dance with the models in the background of the zebra. It is used at the end of the dance when the models individually leave the stage. This shows that the women are all the same by repeating eachother. Accumilation is also used throughout the dance for example when the women are sat down with one leg at a 90 degree angle and are flexing the foot; this also represents that they are all the same.
Repetition is used a lot by the models in the background of the dance; for example doing arm movement all the same showing that they are all looking in a mirror to see if they look presentable. This action is repeated throughout the dance which re-enforces that they are all same.
The structure for this dance is narrative because of the zera waking up on a normal but different day. The women come on wearing zebra skin showing the theme of the whole performance which is the endangered animals. The women represent models that presenting the zebra skin down a run way or on a fashion show. The climax at the end represents what the zebra is used for and shows a better understanding of why the women are there. This is very effective because it really shows the theme of the endangered animals. It also gives a better understand of what poching is like, giving an emotional narrative.
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